THE HIDDEN SOCIETY
The Chalet Society, Paris
October 24 - January 24, 2014
Born in 1952 in Midland, Michigan, lives and works in Los Angeles. Attended University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1974, BFA; California Institute of the Arts, 1978, MFA
"Jim Shaw: Left Behind" is a three-part box set catalogue published by CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux on the occasion of Shaw's recent one-person exhibition at the institution. Texts by Charlotte Laubard, John Miller, Jim Shaw and John C. Welchman.
"My Mirage" is the title of the first major body of work Jim Shaw created between 1986 and 1991. The nearly 170 drawn, silk-screened, photographed, sculpted, filmed or painted pieces recount the wandering of Billy, a white, middle-class American sucked into the whirlwind of the 1960s and 1970s. Beginning with Billy's anxious childhood and later his psychotic hallucinations, "My Mirage" follows Billy through his transformation from pagan cult member to "reborn" Christian fundamentalist.
"My Mirage" provides a social and cultural image of an individual in the 1960s and 1970s, producing a sharp analysis of the evolution of the subject through the cultural and social history of that era.